796 Tasting Notes

Just had a cup of this with soymilk at a local coffee shop/cafe. It was a lovely iced treat for the beginnings of spring!

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drank Monks Blend by Tealuxe
796 tasting notes

I kicked off the morning with this one. As it was steeping, I began to realize I smelled something an awful lot like children’s cough syrup. Oh right… the grenadine! When sipping the really hot tea, I couldn’t get past the smell. Then… I had a granola bar with chocolate chips in it. As I sipped the really warm tea between bites, it became a really good cup of tea! Then, once the bar was gone, it was a bit off again. So, lesson learned: always have chocolate with this tea. That’s a win-win-win for me! :)

Marie

Hi Lauren, I have this one at home (through the Metropolitan Tea Company wholesaler). You’re so right – it definitely needs some sort of help to turn it into something great. Either food, or cream & sugar gives it the flavor live it needs. I believe this one is Ceylon based tea, so the Grenadine can easily over-power the taste of the tea if not balanced properly. I like your chocolate add too! Perhaps you can through some chocolate chips with the tea into the pot to make your own mixture so you don’t have to have it with a chocolate granola bar every time. Then again you might not want to forgo the bar! :)

laurenpressley

Amyb, good to know!! I’ll have to experiment with cream and sugar in the near future… but the chocolate chips idea sounds fantastic, too. The only problem with that is I’m going to have to wait to get home to try one of these variations! :)

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Around 2:00 today my energy totally faded. So, I had a cup of this. I love it. The toasted rice, the extra green quality, the matcha… it’s comfort in a cup!

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This is the coziest tasting tea in my cupboard. Every sip is part tea, part earl grey, and part comfort. I especially like that though there’s strong flavoring to this tea, it’s still clearly tea. A lovely way to kick off this week!

Update: The baby might love this tea, too, as he’s kicking around a lot more than is typical at this time of day. That, or he hates it. I’m going to go with love, though. :)

Another Update: This tea is best pretty hot. As it cools to the temperature which I normally prefer my tea, it’s a bit bitter.

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gmathis

Who knows…you may be developing a mini-steepster in utero :o) (Suddenly I’m hearing the Muppet Babies theme song: Steep—-ster Babies, there’s nothing we can’t do; Steep—-ster Babies, put on a pot to brew…)
(Sorry.)

laurenpressley

LOL, fun song! Hopefully he’ll be someone I can share a good cup with. ;)

gmathis

I’m still working on my high school sophomore; he likes the THEORY of tea drinking, but in practice, we haven’t landed on anything he likes.

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Yay! I finally tried a cup of this today when visiting my friend Kate. It was Fabulous! However, drinking this tea just made me want to get it for my own cupboard, so that I could try it with different steeping parameters and add ins…. so now the big question is: should the next order be from Mariage Freres or from Samovar?!

Erin

My vote goes to Samovar! But then again, I’ve never tried Mariage Freres.

laurenpressley

Between your recommendation and today’s Steepster Select, I’m going with Samovar for this order, and MF for the next one. :)

takgoti

Yay Samovar!

laurenpressley

it’s heeeeeeeere!

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a tea drinking librarian
& a reading, yoga practicing, mommy

I’ve been into tea, at some level, since college with a first tin of loose tea brought back by my parents from Oxford. My love of tea increased with a visit to Boston and a chance cup at Tealuxe. Since then I’ve only gotten more interested in tea and have developed more of an appreciation for it.

tea rating guide
(updated 12/2010)

100: a perfect cuppa. these are the teas I’ll keep in my cupboard and tend to be one per type of tea.

90-99: will definitely get more of this tea

80-89: likely to get more and perhaps it will become a favorite with time

70-79: very good, depending on my mood or the season

60-69: wouldn’t actively try to get this tea, but also wouldn’t avoid it in a tea shop or restaurant

50-59: run-of-the-mill tea for me

40-49: decent, would hit the spot in some moods, but probably wouldn’t purchase it for my cupboard

30-39: okay, will try again, maybe

20-29: meh. I’d try this tea again if no other were available

10-19: drinkable, but a forced cup

0-9: didn’t even finish the cup

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Blacksburg, VA

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